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My View: Late-Comer At Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert – Michael Feinstein

My View: Late-Comer At Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert – Michael Feinstein

He was just like any other audience member (late-comer) at the start of a concert searching for his seat. But it was Michael Feinstein walking in from the rear of the hall, microphone in hand and singing with the backing of the Tedd Firth Big Band while locating his place on the stage of The Appel Room. 

Michael continued the Jazz & Popular Song series with a glamorous tribute to an American national treasure: the enchanting Lena Horne and we were there for the concert and the after Happy Birthday for Clint Holmes

Horne was an iconic singer, dancer, actress, and activist who began her career at age 16 in the Cotton Club choir line, appeared in such musical films as Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky, and lit up Broadway stages in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.

Between her celebrated songbook, inspiring life story, and enduring charisma, Lena Horne offered a perfect concert theme for Michael Feinstein — the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” He still remembers the first time he saw Horne perform, noting that she had one of the most exciting stage presences he had ever witnessed.

In the unparalleled splendor of The Appel Room, Michael Feinstein, the Tedd Firth Big Band, and special guest vocalists, six time Grammy Nominee Nnenna Freelon,  sixteen year old Alexis Morrast, and Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole performed some of Lena Horne’s best-loved tunes,  “Stormy Weather,” “Honeysuckle Rose,”  “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,”  and other Horne favorites, transporting the audience back to magical moments from throughout Horne’s career.

(For complete photos of this concert go to Broadwayworld.com)

Michael Feinstein

Christine Ebersole & Michael Feinstein

Happy Birthday Clint Holmes

Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff, Kelly Clinton Holmes, Clint Holmes, Terrence Flannery, Sunny Sessa, Michael Feinstein

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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